After Legalization, Michigan Prosecutors End Marijuana Cases

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor’s office in western Michigan is dropping some pending marijuana cases after voters in the state approved recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

A statement from the office of Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says he’ll also consider expunging any past marijuana convictions that otherwise would have complied with the new state law. It’s not immediately known how many cases would be affected by the decision.

The prosecutor in Kent County, western Michigan’s largest county, earlier said he’d probably drop pending marijuana cases that match the law passed by voters.

Although Proposal 1 passed with nearly 56 percent of the vote Nov. 6, 2018, some Michigan communities already are opting out of allowing retail cannabis sales. And federal prosecutors have said no one should expect immunity under federal law simply because Michigan voters approved adult-use marijuana.


Featured Image: An attendant weighs marijuana at the Far West Holistic Center dispensary in Detroit on Nov. 7, 2018, one day after Michigan voted to legalize adult-use marijuana. (Associated Press Photo/Carlos Osorio)